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Appalachian State Baseball Hires McLemore as Assistant Coach

With the 2023 season just one week away, App State Baseball has announced the addition of Seth McLemore to the Mountaineers’ coaching staff.

McLemore was most recently an assistant coach at Milligan University, an NAIA program in Elizabethtown, Tenn. He helped lead the Buffaloes to a 36-21 record, including two victories in the conference tournament. Under his tutelage, a program-record four Milligan players earned all-conference recognition. The 36 wins were the most for the program since 2009.

“The first thing about Coach Mac that was very obvious was his energy level,” head coach Kermit Smith said. “From our first conversation that energy jumped through the phone and made it very apparent that he has a passion for leading young men. Seth comes to Boone with a wealth of experience on the offensive side of baseball, and has helped lead some really good teams. We are elated to have him and his fiancé Courtney join our App State family.”

McLemore arrived at Milligan after a one-year stop at NCAA Division I Murray State. During the 2021 season, the Racers set a program record with 18 OVC wins to secure the second seed in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. Murray State reached the OVC title game for the first time since 2003 and finished the season with 33 wins, the fifth most in program history.

He spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons as an assistant at Central Methodist University. In 2020, the Eagles were ranked No. 10 in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 poll before the season was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, Central Methodist earned an at-large bid to the NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round and finished with a 35-15 record.

McLemore also has experience coaching the Spearfish Sasquatch (Expedition League) and found success as a head coach and general manager in the Beach Collegiate Baseball League.

McLemore played two years at Southwest Tennessee Community College and finished his college career at Central Baptist College in Arkansas. A standout third baseman, McLemore earned all-conference and NCCAA All-America status as a senior at Central Baptist. In 2016, the Mustangs captured the program’s first AMC conference title and set a program record with 45 wins.

A native of Pulaski, Tenn., McLemore earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from Central Baptist.


What They’re Saying About McLemore …

“Mac is one of the best young coaches around. The passion and energy he brings every day is infectious. He’s made a significant impact on our program and I’m excited to follow his future in this profession. I’m a better coach because of Seth McLemore.”

-Skyler Barnett, Head Coach, Milligan

“I am so excited for Seth! He will be a great addition to the App State staff. His work ethic, passion for, and knowledge of, baseball and ability to relate to the players will be a great asset in player development. I’m excited to follow Seth as he continues to climb up the ranks of college baseball.”

-Dan Skirka, Head Coach, Murray State

“Seth is a true ‘for the program’ guy. I always saw him as a coach’s coach and a player’s coach. Seth will always put the program first and strive to learn, communicate, and adapt to whatever the vision for success may be. It has been a blessing to watch his rapid growth and journey as a coach and a man!

-Nate Breland, Head Coach, Central Methodist

“Seth is one of the hardest working and most passionate coaches I’ve been around! He’s an innovative offensive mind, and a leader who develops men on and off the field.”

-Tanner Gordon, Pitching Coach, VCU